TUSCALOOSA, Ala. January, 8. BEHIND winning swims from freshmen Katherine Noland, Sarah Bedell and Berit Aljand, the LSU women's swimming team was able to pull out a 60-53 victory over Alabama on Saturday at the Alabama Aquatic Center.
The Lady Tigers recorded a split on the day after falling to Kentucky, 68-44. On the men's side, the 18th-ranked Wildcats defeated LSU, 66-46, while the 22nd-ranked Crimson Tide men's squad dealt the Tigers a 71-42 loss.
Noland, a native of Deerfield Beach, Fla., swam a season fast time of 1:51.77 in the 200 freestyle to earn top honors. She also placed fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:07.94), before joining Katie Gilmore, Sabrina Messmer and Heather Brand to capture the final relay of the meet, the 400 free.
The group touched the wall at 3:26.92, while LSU's "B" team gathered third-place honors with a time of 3:40.69. The Lady Tigers also took third in the women's 400 medley relay to start the meet (3:53.45).
Aljand picked up her individual victory in the 200 backstroke with a clocking of 2:05.85. The event was a critical one in a points finish that featured Mallory Neltner taking third with a time of 2:07.88.
Bedell, a product of Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, finished first in the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:23.83.
The Lady Tigers earned second and third-place finishes in the 50 free sprint behind quality swims from Colleen Bertirotti and Katie Gilmore. Bertirotti nearly managed a winning swim with a time of 23.74, while Gilmore went 23.81 in her dash.
Bertirotti also placed third in the 100 free with a time of 52.15.
On the men's side, Kevin Braud bested UK's Shane Eliason with a 200 back first-place swim of 1:50.20.
Julius Gloeckner continued his impressive freshman campaign with second-place times in the 200 individual medley (1:51.67) and the 200 butterfly (1:51.64). His time in the 200 IM was a season-high.
Miko Malberg narrowly missed an NCAA "B" cut time in the 50 free, touching the wall third at 20.73.
While the divers were away competing at the Georgia Invitational, their points had a significant impact on the meet. LSU's men's 3-meter team of Niko Dalman, Nathan Schreiber and Andrew Keane went 1-2-3 to sweep the event. Hali Saucier, Alyson Thomas and Paige Brown were fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively in the women's 1-meter.
Both the swimming and diving teams resume competition with a conference dual-meet at home against Top 10 ranked Florida on Thursday at noon. Admission to the LSU Natatorium is free.